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Is it ‘fair’ to only pay for the NY Times?

The Associated Press article “NY Times Editor Hints At Return Of Online Access Fees” is attracting lively discussion on the Huffington Post Web site. Cynthia Typaldos, founder of the soon-to-be-launched Kachingle, recently posted the following comment. Kachingle is a company that will allow the public to easily bestow micro-payment donations contributions to their favorite Web sites.

“I fully understand your desire to pay something for the NYTimes. But what about the HuffPost? You are here too…are you getting some value from this news site? And what about the other sites/blogs that you read/use?

My point is that it might not be ‘fair’ to pay only for the NYTimes, but not for anything else that you actively use and value.”

What would the people of Northfield pay for, how much would they pay, and why? That’s one of the questions I’m trying to figure out and I’m wondering if my latest story is drawing any closer to a product citizens would value.

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MinnPost blog critic asks “What’s the best platform for bloggers?”

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Coutesy of minnpost.com

Tooting my horn here: Justin Piehowski, 30, blog critic for MinnPost.com and winner of five Regional Emmy Awards for his work as a Web Manager at KSTP-TV, asked bloggers some questions about their experiences launching blogs. Piehowski mentioned my RepJ blog and LocallyGrownNorthfield.org. See what he wrote below in quotes:

“Bonnie Obremski uses WordPress on her new Representative Journalism Project blog. She was exposed to it while contributing to the community news site Locally Grown Northfield.”

She said she really likes the attractive templates on WordPress and has already recommended it to a family member. However, she gets very frustrated with trying to embed .html code of videos and slideshows from other sites onto her WordPress blog. The process is not smooth, she said.”

OK so not earth-shattering information coming from me there. But in case you’re interested in seeing the whole interview, which Justin and I did via e-mail (we’re facebook AND Twitter friends now!), read on.

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How should online news look?

Today, I’m trying to come up with a way to make my news features look good. Producing well-reported news is important, but I think that information can get lost online if the information isn’t presented in a thoughtful, attractive way. My mother (boy she’s been sending me a lot of good links lately!) came across a new online magazine based in New York City and I’m interested to hear thoughts on the presentation. The online publication is called FLYP. Make sure your volume is not at full blast, the only part of the site I find annoying is the sound of flipping pages.

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RepJ mentioned on NPR’s Day-to-Day program

Listen to the story here, approximately 5 minutes.

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Could locals score more college interns as large corporations nationwide cut programs?

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Courtesy of Carleton.edu

A Wall Street Journal blogger wrote last week about why you should consider getting yourself a summer intern.

“Many students who might have sought internships with large companies will be more open to working for small and mid-sized companies, says Tom Kozicki, executive director of the MBA Career Center at the University of California in Irvine.”

(On another note, a different Wall Street blogger pointed out that some parents are so worried about their child getting a decent job, they’re paying companies thousands of dollars to employ them as interns.)

This week, I’m finding out what Saint Olaf and Carleton college career center workers have to say about internships. In addition, I’m talking to city professionals who are teaming with interns in order to help develop their business or organization, while offering job experience to a young person.

Interns: Could small businesses need them more than ever in these tough times, even as larger companies are turning them away?

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Creation is near

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Photo by Griff Wigley

The following article to appear in the Northfield Entertainment Guide.

Every morning, I wake up, pop my head through my sandwich board and, lifting from the knees, begin walking around town proclaiming the death of journalism as we once knew it and the coming of a mysterious savior who may or may not be me, a burgeoning writer who is working on the Representative Journalism Project in conjunction with the three bloggers of LocallyGrownNorthfield.org.

Naturally, I’ve met with skepticism, including my own. But lately, I haven’t felt alone in my quest to discover a new way of publishing news. That’s because more and more people seem to be curious to find out if the power of the plugged-in masses could be harnessed and used to improve the flow of important information.

For example, Jaci Smith, managing editor of the Northfield News, touched upon the matter in an editorial she wrote on Dec. 5 titled “Sticking to the Plan.” In the editorial, she discussed how Victor Summa, a member of the Northfield Economic Development Authority, posted a comment on LocallyGrownNorthfield.org under a story I wrote about the authority’s participation in a decision to build a new municipal liquor store.

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Northfield experiment discussed at Mizzou

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Snapshot of http://www.rjicollaboratory.org homepage

Click here to read what professionals are saying about the Representative Journalism Project in Northfield.

Quote from the discussion:

Amy Gahran: Len Witt: identify people out there who are working on something and they’re stuck. Like in Northfield MN: We have a lot of different people reporting, and we’re not sure who’s doing what news. Are we duplicating our efforts?

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